Foothills Trail
from FSR 710 to Long Mountain Lookout Tower

Picture of poison ivy along the Foothills Trail

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Date Hiked: 6/6/92

Length: 7.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white

Main Features: lush valley, views from Long Mt. fire tower

Animals: black rat snake, pileated woodpecker, striped skunk

Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Driving north on highway 107, FSR 710 is on the right 3.9 miles past the entrance to Oconee State Park which is also on the right. Driving south on highway 107, FSR is on the left about 10.5 miles past the NC state line and about 8.1 miles past the connecting road to highway 130. After turning onto FSR 710, drive about 0.1 miles to the small parking area on the right. The trail exits this parking area.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 650 feet to low point at 2.2 miles
Ascend 550 feet to top of Long Mountain Tower at 3.8 miles
Total Ascent: 1,200 feet

0.8 hear stream on left
1.0 partial views on left
1.1 turn left on old road (remember this turn for return trip)
cross pull-off area where trail meets highway 107 (don't cross 107)
1.3 beginning of partial views on left
1.4 break in foliage on left offers view directly south of Long Mt. and the four towers on top
1.5 another view of Long Mountain
1.6 backwards left turn
1.8 begin following valley with stream on right
2.0 bridge, then begin following stream on left in rhododendron
2.2 low point
2.3 crows foot growing on right
2.4 bridge
2.5 bridge
2.6 leave rhododendron valley
2.8 joined Foothills Trail and turned left
(apparently the trail I was on had left the Foothills Trail)
2.9 turn left at junction with another trail (remember this turn)
bear right at fork
3.0 stay on left side of fairly open area
3.2 bridge
3.4 left switchback
3.5 cross old road bed
3.6 partial views left
turn right onto spur trail going to Long Mt. Tower
(the white-blazed Foothills Trail continues straight)
3.8 fire lookout tower


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